Papers of Fay Chandler, 1929-2012 (inclusive), 1965-2010 (bulk)
- Majority of material found within 1965-2010
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
6.25 linear feet ((15 file boxes) plus 5 photograph folders, 1 DVD, electronic records)
See also the Additional papers of the Poor family, 1778-2008, MC 620, for correspondence with Fay, her husband Alfred, and her mother, as well as biographical material on Alfred Chandler. Fay Chandler's web site is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection service (WAX); searchable archived versions of the web site are available through this finding aid.
Series I, BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1929-2012 (#1.1-2.5, PD.1), includes early childhood drawings, report cards and papers from elementary school; her high school yearbook; honors/awards; and travel journals with sketches. Files are arranged in chronological order.
Series II, CORRESPONDENCE, 1942-2011 (#2.6-12.4), includes holiday and greeting cards, poems, and letters re: Chandler's art, exhibitions, loss of Chandler's husband Alfred, etc. The series is arranged with Fay's letters to others, followed by letters from Alfred's sister Quita, and then an alphabetical arrangement as organized by Chandler, that includes family, friends, and associates.
Series III, ART-RELATED, 1958-2012 (#12.5-15.15, PD.2-PD.5v, DVD-92.1, E.1), includes drawings; binders Chandler accumulated that document her exhibitions and art over the years; guest books from openings; Fells Point Gallery information and scrapbook; Art Connection founding papers, anniversaries; exhibition catalogs and clippings from later years; etc. Folders are arranged in chronological order.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged" photographs, are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging and are simply treated as part of the documents they accompany; they are marked on the back with an asterisk in square brackets [*].
In 1988, Chandler renovated a 100-year-old engine house in Brighton, Massachusetts, offering space to artists to use as studios, as well as a place for herself, eventually moving in fulltime after the death of her husband in 2007. In 1995, she founded the Art Connection, a Boston-based organization that places artwork in non-profits and public service organizations. This unique gifting program has identified and catalogued original works of art donated by generous individuals and has supported local social service agencies in the selection of pieces that are meaningful to them. The engine house was used for the Art Connection's early board meetings. Becoming blind in one eye in 2005 did not slow Chandler down. She continued to paint, using even more intense colors than before. In spite of other subsequent injuries over the years, which forced Chandler to temporarily stop working, she continues to produce her art.
Chandler's devoted commitment to arts education has also led her to support the Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, and in appreciation of her financial support of the project for over a decade, the Sacramento Street Gallery there was renamed the Fay Chandler Gallery in 2010. She also received an Honorary Doctorate from Montserrat College in 2012. Over her career as an artist, Fay Chandler has had over thirty solo exhibitions and her work is included in the collections at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia.
- Series I. Biographical and Personal, 1929-2012 (#1.1-2.5, PD.1)
- Series II. Correspondence, 1942-2011 (#2.6-12.4)
- Series III. Art-related, 1958-2012 (#12.5-15.15, PD.2-PD.5v, DVD-92.1, E.1)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Fay Chandler were given by Fay Chandler between 2008 and 2012.
By: Stacey Flatt with assistance from Samuel Bauer.
- Chandler, Fay. Papers of Fay Chandler, 1929-2012 (inclusive), 1965-2010 (bulk): A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from Fay Martin Chandler.
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